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Irvine Welsh: A Decent Ride

The renowned Scottish author returns with his latest novel, A Decent Ride, which follows one his most popular characters – hustler cabbie Terry Lawson (Juice).

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 248 4848

An Evening of Murder with Dr Lucy Worsley

An illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder, with Dr Lucy Worsley, BBC TV presenter, renowned historian and Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces.

Loughborough Town Hall

Fri 5 Jun

£18 / 01509 231914

Malvern Theatres

Sat 9 May

Forum Theatre

£16 / 01684 892 277

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Tue 30 Jun

£18 / 01793 524481

World Book Night 2015

A stellar cast of much-loved authors including Lynda La Plante, David Almond, Elif Shafak, Sarah Winman, Elizabeth Fremantle and Annabel Pitcher have so far been confirmed to headline the World Book Night flagship event in London on 23 April 2015.

The Shaw Theatre, London NW1

Thu 23 Apr

£22 / 0870 033 2600

Elegies From Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

An evening of free verse set to blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, celebrating the lives of AIDS victims.

Criterion Theatre, London W1V

Sun 31 May

£30–£40 / 0844 847 1778

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Wed 29 Jul

£23 / 01484 430528

Lichfield Garrick

Thu 14 May

£23 / 01543 412121

Fri 15 May

£23 / 01543 412121

Palace Theatre, Redditch

Thu 21 May

£23 / 01527 65203

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Helen Macdonald: Talk

The author talks about her book H Is For Hawk, about the process of taming of a goshawk.

Foyles, London WC2H

Tue 19 May

Free / 020 7437 5660

Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

The Camberley Theatre

Wed 29 Apr

£18 / 01276 707600

Jane Hawking: True Story Behind The Theory of Everything

Janice Forsyth chairs this chat with Professor Stephen Hawking's ex-wife.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Wed 22 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

The London Literary Pub Crawl

Nothing goes together better than booze and books! Visit a number of watering holes from Fitzrovia to Soho that inspired generations of writers such as Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Virgina Woolf, George Orwell and others. Drinks not included with ticket.

Fitzroy Tavern, London W1T

Sat 26 Sep

£25 (group £18; Students £12) / 020 8090 5082

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Michel Faber: The Book of Strange New Things

The man behind Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White talks about his brand new book The Book of Strange New Things, a typically unpredictable tale of a man who goes on a dangerous journey with a Christian missionary.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sun 19 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

The Turbulent Tudors At Hampton Court - Lecture With Jonathan Foyle

Renowned BBC historian Jonathan Foyle talks about the turbulent Tudor history of Hampton Court in an energetic and entertaining lecture. There will be canapes and wine beforehand.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

Thu 30 Apr

Hampton Court House School

£10 / 0844 482 7777

5×15 Five Speakers, Fifteen Minutes Each

Five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations, in an evening looking at the modern world and shame curated by Jon Ronson author of Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test and So You've Been Publicly Shamed (out March 2015).

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Mon 25 May


Tabernacle Arts Centre, London W11

Mon 20 Apr

£16.05–£26.75 / 020 7221 9700

Tue 28 Apr

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7221 9700

Mon 18 May

£32.10 / 020 7221 9700

Mon 15 Jun

£16.05–£26.75 / 020 7221 9700

Andy Kershaw: No Off Switch

Veteran DJ and journalist Andy Kershaw signs copies of new autobiography No Off Switch and answers questions about a colourful life that's taken him from driving vans for Billy Bragg, to reporting from war zones around the world, to presenting a pioneering late-night music show.

Whitcliffe Mount College, Cleckheaton

Sat 9 May


Book Club Supper with Wine Expert Nikki Welch

Wine expert Nikki Welch joins the book club supper, with advice on how to choose and buy the right wine.

Valvona & Crolla Ristorante, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Apr

£24 / 0131 557 0088

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Caroline Criado-Perez: Do It Like a Woman

The woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system reads from her book Do it Like a Woman.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mon 20 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.


An arts market encompassing furniture, graphic design, homewares and fashion from the best designers as selected by the Fruitmarket, and taking over all of the gallery's spaces for the weekend.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 29 May

0131 225 2383

  • 17:00 – 21:00 DesignMarket Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Dirty Sexy Words Spring Slam

South London's filthy finest back again with another live erotica authors' reading slam. Books for sale and prizes to be won.

Bad Apple, London CR0

Sun 26 Apr


Edinburgh Creative Writers' Club

Creative writers of all stripes – poets, short story scribes, script writers, flash fiction junkies – are invited to discuss all things writing, from procuring an agent to overcoming writer's block.

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Mon 20 Apr

Free / 0131 656 3500

Mon 27 Apr

Free / 0131 656 3500

Mon 4 May

Free / 0131 656 3500

…and 34 more dates until 28 Dec

Improve Your Memory Masterclass

Join us for an interactive talk with eight times world memory champion and Guinness World Record Holder, Dominic O'Brien where he will teach his system for memorising names and faces, facts and figures, lists, calendar dates, playing cards, and more.

The Idler Academy, London W2

Wed 27 May

£40 / 0845 250 1281

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John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sat 20 Jun

£19.50–£22.50 / 01727 844488

Gala, Durham

Wed 15 Jul

£20 / 0191 332 4041

The Ironworks Live Music Venue, Inverness

Sun 7 Jun

£20 / 0871 789 4173

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John Suchet: Beethoven – The Man Revealed

Presenter and journalist John Suchet discusses his hero, Ludwig van Beethoven.

St John's Kirk, Perth

Sat 30 May

£20 (£18; Children £18) / 01738 633192

Part of Perth Festival of the Arts 2015.

The Last Poets: Speak up Newcomer

Godfathers of hip hop (albums include The Last Poets and This is Madness) join forces with some of the country's best up and coming poets for an explosive blend of words and music.

The Jazz Cafe, London NW1

Sun 19 Jul

£17.50 / 0844 847 2514

Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

Scotland’s Makar performs a mix of poems and monologues old and new with musical accompaniment from Steve Kettley.

Cumbernauld Theatre

Fri 15 May

£12 (Students £6) / 01236 732887

May-Lan Tan

The writer reads from her work, which includes short-story collections Things To Make And Break and Girly.

The Forum, Norwich

Thu 23 Apr

Cafe Bar Marzano

Free / 01603 727950

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